Beware of hydro-alcoholic gel getting in children’s eyes!

Beware of accidental splashes of Hydro-alcoholic gel in the eyes of children! 

Installed at hand level, the hydro-alcoholic gel dispensers are also at eye level for younger children. 

Consequence: between May 11 and August 24, 2020, ANSES – National Health Security Agency recorded 63 cases of children, on average aged 4 years, presenting symptoms following the projection of hydro-alcoholic solution in the eye. 75% of these accidents took place in a store or shopping center! 

To prevent new accidents, the French Society of Ophthalmology (SFO) recommends that adults use hydro-alcoholic gel and then apply it directly to children’s hands, completely avoiding letting them use the dispensers. 

What to do in case of eye contact?

The first step to perform, if hydro-alcoholic gel is splashed into the eye, is to immediately rinse it under a stream of water for about fifteen minutes. After rinsing, an ophthalmologist or a poison control center should be consulted as serious eye damage can occur shortly after the accident. 

Source: Press release from the Ministry of Solidarity and Health and the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety.

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